Too Many Rock Concerts Leave Boomers Suffering from Mild Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

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ENT, Andrew Cheng, M.D., Offers Tips for Easing the Intensity of Tinnitus.

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For some, the noise (ringing in the ear) is distressing enough to seek medical help, yet many suffer in silence because they don't know where to turn or how to explain it to others (who do not hear this noise)

Attend too many loud rock concerts back in the day? Are you asking yourself, "What is that ringing or buzzing in your ear?" Well, it could be tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, a disturbing condition that often occurs with presbycusis, a type of age-related hearing loss.

"For some, the noise (ringing in the ear) is distressing enough to seek medical help, yet many suffer in silence because they don't know where to turn or how to explain it to others (who do not hear this noise)," explains Andrew Cheng, M.D., an ear, nose and throat physician and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at New York Medical College.

While there are some treatments available for tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, there is no real cure. Doctors suggest making lifestyle and dietary changes to help ease the intensity of the "ringing" (which can also appear as a whooshing or buzzing sound) including:

  •     Avoiding caffeine or alcohol
  •     Managing stress
  •     Avoiding exposure to additional loud noises which can aggravate tinnitus further (invest in a good pair of ear plugs)
  •     Taking Lipo-Flavonoid, a nutritional supplement that contains a complex of B vitamins proven to help decrease the intensity of tinnitus. Dr. Cheng sees improvement in seven out of 10 patients who take Lipo-Flavonoid, which is why he continues to recommend it to his tinnitus patients. The exact formulation of ingredients in Lipo-Flavonoid® has been clinically-tested to demonstrate relief
  •     Controlling blood pressure
  •     Decreasing salt/sodium intake

If you're still not hearing well or your ears feel odd after several days, Dr. Cheng recommends making an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor or your health care provider.

For more information or to take an online quiz to assess your hearing health or to see if you are at risk for developing tinnitus, visit http://www.stopearringing.com.

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